This week, a group of elderly Palestinian women were escorted to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance musuem to learn about the Jewish genocide in Europe. At the entrance of the museum, they were surrounded by a group of Jewish Israeli youth who recognized them as Arabs. “Sharmouta!” the young Israelis shouted at them again and again, using the Arabic slang term for whores, or sluts.
The Palestinians had been invited to attend a tour arranged by the Israeli Bereaved Families Forum, an organization founded by an Israeli whose son was killed in combat by Palestinians. They were joined by a group of Jewish Israeli women who, like them, had lost family members to violence related to the conflict. Presumably, both parties went on the tour in good faith, hoping to gain insight into the suffering of women on the other side of the conflict.
Of course, it is not simply the placement of the holocaust "at the center of its historical narrative" that makes Israel as racist as it is. The ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians began as soon as the Jewish National Fund began buying land from absentee landlords and the holocaust was not consciously placed "at the center of its historical narrative" until after the main bout of ethnic cleansing though the holocaust had happened.
No, Israel has always been a racist state and zionism has always been a racist project. But why is Israel getting more explicitly racist now? What's all that about? I don't really know. I think appeasement has something to do with it but it doesn't explain everything. I'm going to wait until Gabriel comes out of his winter hibernation. He usually explains these things very well.
Oh, happy new year everyone!